Approach for a Standardized Database Regarding Tolerance Analysis in Automotive Industry

Year: 2014
Editor: Miko Laakso, Kalevi Ekman
Author: Frank Litwa (1), Christian Gerlach (1), Martin Gottwald (1), Martin Bohn (1), Benedikt Krass (1), Michael Vielhaber (2)
Series: NordDESIGN
Institution: 1: Daimler AG, Germany; 2: Saarland University, Germany
Section: Tools, methods and approaches in product development
Page(s): 785-794
ISBN: 978-1-904670-58-2


The focus of this paper is an approach which ensures that all the necessary information to build-up a tolerance analysis model is digitally available in the development process. Since tolerance management is a cross functional discipline, the data sources for tolerance simulation models are often inhomogeneous. In large-scaled enterprises like automotive industries the information is normally created, used and stored by several departments in the company. In order to grant accessibility, large-scaled industries are advised to install PDM systems. Yet these systems are often focused on storing product information and do not provide satisfying solutions for production development information. This approach specifically focuses on the storage of information relevant for production. It considers other disciplines and aims at fitting smoothly into all disciplines involved in the development process like production development, change management or quality management.

Keywords: Tolerance analysis, automation, development process


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